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Trudeau names Quebec judge Nicholas Kasirer to Supreme Court of Canada
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has nominated Nicholas Kasirer, a Quebec judge and former professor, to the Supreme Court of Canada.Kasirer has served on the Quebec Court of Appeal for a decade, delivering a wide variety of judgments on matters of criminal, private, public and constitutional law.Fluently bilingual, he spent 20 years as a professor of law at Montreal’s McGill University, including as dean of the law faculty.Trudeau says Kasirer’s outstanding legal and academic experience will be an asset to the country’s highest court.The nomination fills the vacancy created by the coming retirement of Justice Clement Gascon.On July 25, the House of Commons justice committee will hold a special hearing, moderated by a law professor, where members will be able to question Kasirer and learn more about why he was chosen.The Canadian Press
CONTROVERSIAL ANTIABORTION FILM UNPLANNED TO HIT MORE THAN 24 CANADIAN THEATRES
Advertisement Cary Solomon and Chuck Konzelman co-directed and co-wrote the drama, which is based on a memoir of the same name by anti-abortion activist Abby Johnson.“Some groups are saying that they’ll protest, and there’s a lot of people that will support,” said BJ McKelvie, a pastor and president of the film’s Fredericton-based Canadian distributor, Cinedicom.“We have one company that’s come under intense scrutiny, so he’s going to have security there. It’s The Movie Mill in Lethbridge, Alta. It’s been unfortunate that he’s had a lot of threats, a lot of emails.”The film has already drawn impassioned reactions from groups on both sides of the issue in the U.S., where it had an R-rating from the MPAA due to some graphic scenes.Top film critics on movie review aggregation websites Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes have panned it, with many calling it propaganda. But audience scores are much higher and some theatres were packed as faith-based and anti-abortion groups in the U.S. held group screenings.In Canada, the rating varies from province to province. In Alberta, for instance, it’s received a 14A classification with a “disturbing content” warning, according to the Cineplex website, while in B.C. the film has a PG rating with “sexual language, medical trauma” caution.“Everybody has their right to choose to go see the movie and they have a right to choose not to,” McKelvie said in a recent phone interview.But the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada calls it “a dangerous piece of anti-abortion propaganda” containing “vicious falsehoods.”“It preaches an absolutist and extreme case against abortion that has nothing to do with reality,” the ARCC said in a statement.“Because of the film’s demonization of abortion providers, ARCC fears the movie could incite fanatics to commit acts of harassment or violence against clinics or doctors.”The ARCC added the film also depicts Planned Parenthood and its leaders as “demonic, cold-hearted monsters, their only goal to maximize profits by selling as many abortions as possible.”“In reality, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America is non-profit and offers a wide range of basic and mostly free health care services for low-income people, with abortion making up just 3.4 per cent of its services,” said the statement.“Like other U.S. abortion providers, Planned Parenthood clinics have no choice but to charge for abortion care because anti-choice laws prohibit government funding for abortion.” ARCC executive director Joyce Arthur also noted the film’s attempt to challenge abortion rights is “a non-starter in Canada, where women and transgender people have a Charter right to abortion based on their rights to bodily autonomy and equality.”McKelvie acknowledged he has a personal interest in seeing the film in theatres here.“It does certainly align with my values,” he said.He said he felt compelled to reach out to the “Unplanned” American producers to distribute the film in Canada after being “annoyed” by “misinformation” online that the drama had been banned here.“I was walking down the hall grumbling and I heard the Lord say to me, ‘Well why don’t you distribute it?’ and that was rather different,” McKelvie recalled.The film will hit select Cineplex and Landmark Theatres as well as some independent cinemas in Canada.Landmark said it has not heard of any planned protests at its theatres and it has not taken any steps to increase security. Cineplex said it is aware of concerns surrounding the film and is monitoring closely.“We have been showing movies for over 100 years and controversial films on the big screen are not new to us — that said, we of course understand and can appreciate the concerns some have expressed about this film,” Sarah Van Lange, executive director of communications for Cineplex Entertainment, said in a statement.“We have a long legacy of not censoring content and our role as a film exhibitor is to provide our guests with movie choices.”McKelvie’s company, which was founded 61 years ago by his late father, is typically a film booker and broker. “Unplanned” marks its first time as a film distributor.Cinedicom and American production company Soli Deo Gloria Releasing are collaborating to front the money for distribution in Canada.McKelvie said a few theatres here have refused to screen it.“I think some in smaller towns are a little nervous about what the pushback would be,” McKelvie said.“This is a hot topic, it’s a hot film, and I have received probably hundreds of letters of support. But I’ve also received letters of protest and phone calls. I’ve listened to both sides but I’m just a distributor.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Actor Ashley Bratcher (right) is shown in a scene from the film Unplanned. A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Soli Deo Gloria Releasing MANDATORY CREDIT Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — A controversial American anti-abortion film is set to hit Canadian theatres soon, with the distributor bracing for possible protests.More than 24 cinemas across the country are due to screen “Unplanned” for a week starting July 12, after stirring up intense debate during its U.S. release from Christian production studio Pure Flix.Ashley Bratcher stars as a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Texas who becomes an anti-abortion speaker after “the day she saw something that changed everything,” says a description on the film’s website. Twitter
French Pharmaceutical Company Launches Advertising Campaign Against Morocco
Rabat- French pharmaceutical company Sanofi has launched an advertising campaign for an anti-diarrhea medication in which it uses pictures of Jamaa El Fna Square and the Koutoubia Mosque, with the slogan “Do not spend your holidays in the bathroom.”According to tourismapost, the posters of the campaign have been spotted in several public places in Geneva, including restaurants and pharmacies, and near the United Nations headquarters.“For now, we do not know if the campaign is being broadcast in other cities or other countries,” says the tourism website. Sanofi S.A is a French multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Paris, France. As of 2013, it is the world’s fifth-largest by prescription sales. The company has offices in over 100 countries around the world, including Morocco.Fouzi Zemrani, vice president of the National Confederation of Tourism and a member of Marrakech regional council of tourism was quoted by tourismapost as saying:“I protest against this type of advertising which is destroying the image of a mythical site in order to promote a medication,” he said.“All the restaurants in Jamaa El Fna Square are subjected to strict food safety standards. The Square is in the process of being completely redeveloped. These are serious allegations.”Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
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Late NCAA Bracket Submissions Show Were A Nation Of Procrastinators
At CBSSports.com, the surge came even later. Bracket submissions to the site peaked at 11:59 a.m., according to spokeswoman Annie Rohrs. Deadlines are powerful motivating forces for journalists, tax filers, eurozone negotiators — and bracket pickers. The number of men’s NCAA Tournament brackets submitted per minute by ESPN.com users peaked at 11:51 a.m. EDT on Thursday, mere minutes before the 12:15 p.m tipoff of the first-round opener and the deadline to enter picks, according to data provided by our colleagues at ESPN.com.1Per their request, we’re sharing only the relative magnitude of submissions, not absolute numbers. The maximum rate of bracket submissions per minute on Thursday was more than three times the high of the day before and about five times the max on Monday and Tuesday. All told, even counting the wee hours in the U.S., there were more brackets submitted in just half of Thursday than in all of Tuesday. Not everyone waits until the last minute, though. At ESPN.com, there was an earlier, although lesser, spike in online bracket submissions just after the bracket went up. For every three people who were madly filling in chalk and upsets in their entries just before noon on Thursday, there were two hitting submit on theirs eight minutes after the first Tournament Challenge bracket was submitted at 7:12 p.m. on Sunday.Maybe it’s my bias as a journalist showing, but I think the procrastinators had the right idea: They could benefit from forecasts like ours.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions.
Womens Tennis Is Still Anyones Game Just Look At The French Open
FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed The women’s side of the French Open has seen plenty of upsets. Only three of the 10 top-ranked players made it through the third round, with high-profile competitors such as No. 1 Naomi Osaka and No. 10 Serena Williams among them. After her loss to 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, who has battled persistent injuries this season, was asked if she still would have entered the Open had she known the outcome. She said she would never have believed that she would be out in the third round. We’ll look at how Serena’s expectations fair against the growing parity in women’s tennis and how sharply this contrasts with the predictable cast of characters on the men’s side.The MLB draft is underway, and as Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen describes the experience, “the draft is very risky — it has always been risky.” The Hot Takedown team breaks down how this draft differs from other major sports, plus the strategies and trends exhibited in the early rounds.Finally, our Rabbit Hole of the Week looks at the Women’s College World Series. A dive into the key players and their professional pursuits lands us deep into the surprising world of Olympic demonstration sports.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:Justine Henin, the last “Queen of Clay.”Last year, our colleague Tom Perrotta wrote about the increased parity in women’s tennis, and it’s never felt more timely.ESPN’s Jeff Passan breaks down the convoluted MLB draft.Some MLB hopefuls are opting to play abroad rather than participate in the draft.Rachel Garcia’s impressive performance in the semifinals against the University of Washington.You won’t want to miss these videos of skijorning and korfball.
Royal family launches its own social media rules to deter trolls from
Short URL BRITAIN’S ROYAL FAMILY warned trolls on its social media accounts that they will be banned under new guidelines issued following abuse of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle – the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace said that they could involve the police if there was a breach of the law.Under the new guidelines, comments must not “be defamatory… obscene, offensive, threatening, abusive, hateful, inflammatory or promote sexually explicit material or violence”.“We reserve the right to hide or delete comments made on our channels, as well as block users who do not follow these guidelines,” it added. 20 Comments Royal family launches its own social media rules to deter trolls from abuse The rules were launched in response to abuse aimed at Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, fuelled by rumours of a rivalry between the two. By AFP Mar 4th 2019, 10:16 PM https://jrnl.ie/4523907 Monday 4 Mar 2019, 10:16 PM Image: ANDREW COULDRIDGE Image: ANDREW COULDRIDGE Share29 Tweet Email 33,328 Views We also reserve the right to send any comments we deem appropriate to law enforcement authorities for investigation as we feel necessary or is required by law. Almost 1,000 online posts have already been deleted, according to reports.The royal family have not mentioned any specific online problems, but British gossip magazine Hello! last month reported that royal staff were spending hours every week removing abusive posts sent by ‘rival’ supporters of each duchess, amid reports that the two had fallen out.Tabloids reported that Meghan made sister-in-law Kate cry during preparations for her wedding last year with Prince Harry.The family denies a rift, and insists that Harry and Meghan’s plan to move out from living next door to his brother Prince William and Kate is driven by the imminent arrival of their first child, due next month.It asked users to show “courtesy, kindness and respect for all other members of our social media communities.”The royal family’s Twitter page has 3.8 million followers, while 4.5 million follow the official Instagram account. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Helen of Hume
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Helen Patsikatheodorou was the recipient of the 2018 Robert Kumar Community Award for her outstanding contribution to the Hume Community, by Banksia Gardens Community Services at their AGM last week.Her passion for women’s health, support for older people, services for young people, education and multiculturalism, together with her warm exuberance and cheeky humour are usually the first things that come to mind, but Helen’s contributions to Hume go way beyond these.She was first elected to Hume City Council in 2008, serving as mayor in 2011, and again in 2016, before deciding to step down and focus on her health and her family.Mrs Patsikatheodorou is still referred to as the City of Hume’s ‘Pink Mayor’. Now retired from Council after eight years of service, Helen earned her nickname during her second term as Mayor in 2016. After being diagnosed with breast cancer herself, Helen made a point of wearing something pink every day to help remind all women to have regular breast screening.“I am so very proud of my dear friend and colleague Helen for being recognised for all her hard and dedicated community work in Hume,” says Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou MP of the award.“Not only does Helen do a spectacular job in leading my office, and mentoring my team, but it’s the care, compassion, empathy and understanding she has of the Calwell community that makes this award especially deserved,” Ms Vamvakinou added.“I am really lost for words,” Mrs Patsikatheodorou said. “I didn’t expect the Award and I don’t expect reading about my achievements or the things that I do. They just have to be done. I am normally the one praising the amazing people in our community and in particular our young people.“I live in a community of high needs, but I wouldn’t live anywhere else.“I live with that raw emotion daily, but I also see the continual fight by all our residents to do better, be better.“If I can be part of that story and provide the encouragement, hold a hand, say a kind word or just acknowledge the effort, the achievement or the right to be heard then I have served my community.“I am very humbled by this award.”During her second term as Mayor, Helen was one of 12 mayors appointed to a panel that directly advised the Victorian Minister for Local Government. After deciding not to run for re-election, Helen returned to her previous job with Federal Member for Calwell, Maria Vamvakinou, where she is able to continue her commitment to the local community, and put her advocacy skills to good use helping constituents and local groups. Helen’s professional training is in early childhood education, with a particular focus on children with intellectual disabilities. She worked in a number of special development school and child care settings for more than 20 years, including establishing and directing the Broadmeadows Multicultural Early Learning Centre on the Ford Factory site in 1988.Helen’s voluntary and community work is extensive. She was the founding member of the Neurofibromatosis Association of Victoria, and ran this support and awareness organisation for 15 years. She has been one of the driving forces behind the Greek Community of Broadmeadows and Districts, together with her late husband, John. She helped establish the Craigieburn Residents’ Association, and is currently a Board member at Dallas Neighbourhood House and Meadow Heights Learning Centre. She is a strong and active supporter of the Hume Interfaith Network.Helen is still invited to attend and address a huge range of community events in Hume, despite no longer being an elected councillor. Her passion for her community is as strong as ever. It was an enormous shock to all of us when Helen’s beloved husband, John, suddenly passed away very recently. John was also a passionate and active community member, having served on committees and boards of a long list of local organisations and groups. Together, they were indeed a ‘dynamic duo’. Helen is the proud mother of three sons, Dimitri, Stratos and Nikolas. Helen personifies passion and compassion. She is a tenacious fighter for ordinary people’s rights, and for holding both elected and professional officials to account in serving the needs of the community. Helen has said that she hopes her work encourages other women to also become future leaders.Most of all, Helen is a lover and nurturer of life, her warmth and humour impossible to resist.
Police Just Now Conform Young Man in Custody After Murder Report
Related Items:arrested, dock yard, homicide, police, report, young man Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Man shot in head, Murder toll now 52. Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 May 2015 – A man is in custody following the death of a woman at Dock Yard near Kew Town yesterday.About 2:56pm (Monday 25 May 2015), emergency services were called to a home in Dock Yard after reports of a woman had been injured at the property.Officers attached to various units arrived to find the body of a 44-year-old woman who appeared to have suffered severe injuries to her body. Doctors arriving on scene examined the woman and later pronounced her dead.A crime scene was established at the home, which was examined by forensic specialists and detectives.Following further inquiries a 25-year-old man was arrested in the down town area of Providenciales shortly before 4pm.
Miss Universe 2015 judge talk body image give pageant advice
Boyz II Men and Flo Rida will both perform at the pageant, and 27-year-old Deshauna Barber, who’s a lieutenant in the Army Reserves, is representing the good ol’ USA.FOR MORE INFO:Miss Universe 2016www.missuniverse.comCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sexy swimsuits, gorgeous gowns and one interview after another pledging to pursue world peace. Yes, the Miss Universe pageant goes down this weekend, and on Friday, judge/model Ashley Graham and the reigning queen, talked to Deco about what to expect.And the winner is … not Miss Colombia!Steve Harvey at Miss Universe 2015: “It was my mistake.”Comedian Steve Harvey is back hosting Miss Universe. Harvey is looking to redeem himself Sunday on FOX from the Philippines after announcing the wrong winner last year.Steve Harvey at Miss Universe 2015: “The first runner-up is Miss Colombia.”He corrected the big blunder immediately and the crown was given to Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach.Curvy “Sports Illustrated” model Ashley Graham is your backstage host. Ashley Graham: “I know that Miss Canada has been getting a lot of backlash for being what is considered bigger than some of the other girls.”Graham is hoping her participation helps the pageant evolve its body conscious image.Ashley Graham: “I think this is a great opportunity for young girls to see that all shapes, sizes and ethnicities can be a part of beauty pageants, can be a part of Miss Universe. It really shouldn’t matter if you have extra lump bumps and extra cellulite on you at all.”Pia shared some advice with this year’s contestants.Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015: “You’re only going to be able to say your name and your country once at Miss Universe. You can’t join again once you’ve been in the competition, so this is once in a lifetime, literally.”The girls have been busy rehearsing and have already competed in the preliminaries.Pia Wurtzbach: “That’s where they select the girls who will make it into Top 12, because what happens, right at the start of the show, the announce Top 12 right away out of the 86.”
Fate of Medicaid expansion hangs on interpretation of one wordWalMart wouldnt allow
Download AudioThe Council is suing over Governor Bill Walker’s decision to expand Medicaid without permission from the legislature. Alaska law says legislative approval is necessary to add an optional group to the Medicaid program. Federal statute lists the expansion population in the required category, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states can choose whether to expand the program.Attorney Erin Murphy argues for the Legislative Council in Anchorage Superior Court. Photo credit: Annie FeidtAttorney Erin Murphy flew in from Washington D.C. to present the Legislative Council’s case. She told the judge given the U.S. Supreme Court decision, the intent of federal law is obvious.“We think the answer is quite clear that federal law doesn’t require this,” Murphy said. “And I think it’s very hard to come up with any explanation for why the legislature would have intended ‘required’ to mean anything other than what federal law actually requires.”The state takes a more narrow view of the law.Dario Borghesan argued the case for the department of law. He told Judge Pfiffner Alaska statute tracks the text of the social security act, where the expansion population is listed as required.“The legislature, when they enacted this statute 40 years ago, clearly wasn’t thinking about this situation today. Our view is the legislature simply wanted HSS, the Department of Health and Social Services, to straightforwardly apply what the instructions of the social security act are,” Borghesan said.Judge Frank Pfiffner hears oral arguments in the Medicaid expansion case. Photo credit: Annie FeidtJudge Pfiffner asked both attorneys to address whether the issue of Medicaid expansion would be better handled by the legislature rather than the court system. Given scarce judicial resources, he wondered if he should “slow roll” his decision until after the legislative session wraps up this spring.“Giving the legislature an opportunity to stand up and be counted, so that the voters will know whether they support or don’t support Medicaid expansion,” Pfiffner said.Judge Pfiffner said he would issue a “lengthy” decision in the case by the end of March at the earliest. He said his decision was likely only a “speed bump” on the way to the state Supreme Court.About 8,000 low income Alaskans have enrolled in Medicaid expansion. A new report from a consultant hired by the legislative budget and audit committee calls expansion a “highly attractive policy change financially” for the state.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.
Meeting federal regs Sitka treats water with UV light
Some of the best drinking water anywhere may be just a little bit better now.Sitka officials on the 19th of May cut the ribbon on a new, $8 million dollar ultraviolet disinfection plant for the town’s water supply.Project engineer Stephen Weatherman explains how all of Sitka’s water is run through the 24-inch pipes in the plant. (Photo by Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka)The great thing about Sitka’s water is how easy it is to trace. It literally falls from the sky into Blue Lake and the surrounding watershed, and maybe just a few days later flows out our taps.But for the US Environmental Protection Agency that is not enough. Thanks to the Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule, Sitka’s water now takes a detour through an innocuous gray building with a blue metal roof at the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park.On the ground floor of the UV Disinfection Facility are offices and storage rooms for chlorine and fluoride. Not much to write home about.But down in the basement it’s a plumber’s paradise.City engineer Stephen Weatherman leads a small group of residents into a room of massive blue pipes — each 24 inches in diameter — and steers us toward three silver-colored ultraviolet reactors.“This is where the action takes place…”. Weatherman points out the three UV reactors in the plant. (Photo by Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka)“This is where all the action takes place,” Weatherman said. “There are tubes in here, nine of them, just like a fluorescent light except they put out ultraviolet — which is really dangerous. It’s why it’s all enclosed. We have special masks upstairs people have to wear if they come in here and they’re on. But it’s no different than the ultraviolet you get from the sun. It’s just more intense.”The ultraviolet light targets cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that is the leading cause of waterborne illness in the United States. Cryptosporidium have an outer shell that allows them to live outside of humans and animals — and also makes them resistant to chlorine disinfection.Right now about 2,500 gallons of water per minute are flowing through just one of three UV reactors in this plant. That’s less than a second of exposure for any cryptosporidium.So how well is it working?Deputy environmental superintendent Shiloh Williams can’t really say — yet.“We generally don’t do a lot of UV testing that isn’t required,” Williams said. “We have this UV facility here as a barrier for cryptosporidium. The cryptosporidium test is quite expensive. So we haven’t actually tested it post-UV. We haven’t had any reason to at this point.”Back outside the plant, in the warm sunshine, Sitka’s environmental superintendent Mark Buggins believes it’s better to be safe than sorry. Blue Lake was already a very clean source of surface water — even before the new EPA rules.A subalpine lake, Blue Lake water has never been filtered — only chlorinated. (Photo from KCAW)“Certainly you don’t know,” Buggins said. “If cryptosporidium is there and someone gets sick from it, you probably just don’t know. You get an upset stomach and diarrhea and attribute it to something else. Twice we’ve tested for cryptosporidium in Blue Lake’s water and found very small amounts — like one, out of a thousand gallons. So the dosage is really low. You need to drink more than one or two cryptosporidium spores to get sick. But the people who get affected — who you’re really protecting — are the immunocompromised, people who are on chemotherapy, people who are sick already, and dehydrated. It can really hurt you.”Even at $8 million, ultraviolet disinfection was the lesser of three options for Sitka to comply with the Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. Installing granular filtration — like a huge swimming pool filter — would have run to $24 million. Membrane filtration would have cost $46 million.State grants paid for over $6 million of this project, the rest was covered by loans, and about $20,000 from Sitka’s water fund. Operating costs for the UV plant — including electricity bought from the city — will run about $360,000 a year.Buggins said electrical engineers are integrating the computer controls of the UV plant and the existing water system. Soon, water employees will be able to control everything from a laptop — even at home.For Buggins, who’s been running Sitka’s water for 26 years and has plans to retire, this is an intriguing possibility. He even joked he may be asked to keep his password if he does retire.And will UV treatment make Sitka’s water taste any different? Once the state has signed off on the new UV plant, Buggins said it likely will be easier to meet disinfection standards with lower amounts of chlorine — just enough chlorine to be detectable at the extremities of Sitka’s water system.
CM YS Jagan leaves for Delhi to meet with Amit Shah
Vijayawada: AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy left for Delhi on Monday morning. During the tour, the CM will attend the Inter-State Council meeting headed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah over security issues in Maoist-affected states. In this context, YS Jagan is likely to meet with Amit Shah after the meeting. He’ll also be meeting with Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and will give a clarity over the objections on Polavaram project.
PRESS ROOM Statement from Rev Al Sharpton and National Action Network NAN
By The NNPA NEWSWIRE The highest court in the land, in fact, chose to condone partisan gerrymandering, a political tactic that has long been used to suppress political representation for Black and brown voters and ultimately helped to elect Trump.NEW YORK (June 27, 2019) —It is a sad day for democracy in the United States. The Supreme Court abdicated its duty to preserve free and fair elections with its negligent decision to not strike down partisan gerrymandering but instead asking states to draw maps without judicial review. The highest court in the land, in fact, chose to condone partisan gerrymandering, a political tactic that has long been used to suppress political representation for Black and brown voters and ultimately helped to elect Trump.NNPA NEWSWIRE — The highest court in the land, in fact, chose to condone partisan gerrymandering, a political tactic that has long been used to suppress political representation for Black and brown voters and ultimately helped to elect Trump.This week marks the sixth Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby v. Holder decision which gutted section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Since the Shelby decision, we have seen an increase in Jim Crow Era election practices. Gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and voter roll purging are all racist tactics to suppress the votes of low income and Black and brown people.National Action Network (NAN) will continue to fight for Black and Brown communities and speak out against supporters of this race-based American tradition.About National Action NetworkNational Action Network is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. For more information visit nationalactionnetwork.net.
New Parque Maya in Cancun Hotel Zone inaugurated
Cancun, Q.R. — A new cultural addition has an official opening date with the inauguration of Parque Maya in the Cancun Hotel Zone. It is the first natural theme park in the history of the hotel zone and focuses on outdoor adventure and Maya culture.Francisco Córdova Lira of Parque Maya says the official opening to the public will be March 21. Inside, visitors will find hanging bridges, zip lines, artificial ruins and a tour of the Nichupté lagoon. They can also learn about mangrove care and Maya culture.“This park will offer two different products. The entrance to the park and the tour that includes a visit to the Mayan Museum, ruins to the King and Cancun Turibus tour.“Park prices rang from $79 to $120 USD with a special 50 percent discount to Quintana Roo residents and totally free for students,” explained Francisco Cordova.He says the new park is a combination of fun, culture, entertainment and a tribute to the Mayan culture by offering visitors a tour through great adventures, the main traditions of that civilization. Once inside, park visitors will find Vision Maya rooms with an original short-tribute to the Mayan culture.They will also discover a Mayan flight that consists of five towers of zip lines 20 meters high over the Nichupté Lagoon across 460 meters, a Mayan cruise boat ride, Mayan path with 200 meters of road to appreciate Mayan stelae (sculptures), temples and gods and a Mayan Calendar, a magical space surrounded by Mayan stelae and a huge Mayan calendar.He says they are anticipating approximately 45,000 visitors during the first opening year. Parque Maya was inaugurated Saturday with the help of local businessmen and state governor, Carlos Joaquín González along with Cancun mayor, Remberto Estrada Barba.The opening of the new park was announced in December when officials said they were working toward a February date. Parque Maya was an investment of $130 million peso and has created 100 direct and 300 indirect jobs.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Sunwings latest sale offers deals on its toprated beach resorts
Sunwing’s latest sale offers deals on its top-rated beach resorts TORONTO — Sunwing’s last-minute savings on value-added vacation packages to five-star resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America runs until July 20.“Space is very limited and selling out quickly, so would-be sunseekers will need to act quickly,” says Sunwing.Extra savings and perks include Sunwing’s Kids Stay, Play, and Eat Free deals, unlimited reservation-free specialty dining, discounted spa treatments and exclusive access to private beach and pool areas.Resorts taking part in the sale include the newly-renovated Riu Palace Punta Cana, offering free activities including windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling. Clients who book their RIU vacation package with Sunwing get exclusive RIU-topia inclusions such as unlimited à la carte dining 24-hour room service and poolside wait service.Other options include the adults-only Jewel Paradise Cove Resort and Spa, and the ultra-modern Royalton Riviera Cancun Resort and Spa with varied à la carte, buffet and gourmet dining experiences across 10 different restaurants. Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, July 16, 2018 Travelweek Group Tags: Top News, Top Story
Sustainable tourism – a tool for development
Sustainable tourism – a tool for developmentSustainable tourism – a tool for developmentThat’s the motto of today’s world tourism day 2017. Since 1980, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)emphasizes the chances and risks of international tourism on this day. Especially when it comes to ecological, socio economical and general political conditions. A current study by Statista shows a typology of tourists with respect for worldwide sustainability. Swiss people come in first place with a total percentage of 24. Runner up: Brazilians, with 22 percent and Sweden being the country with the third highest respect for sustainability. This trend to sustainability is visible on a worldwide basis. Lastly, there are over 200 different certificates and awards that distinguish sustainable holiday destinations as well as hotels. So, how does one find reliable travel options among this overwhelming amount of offers, that allows us to deliberately support sustainable projects in areas close to these hotels? Green Pearls® is here to help pointing out various travel options.Environmental awareness from the startSurrounded by a vivid green landscape in Sri Lanka, you can find the Hunas Falls by Amaya. Steep tea- and spice plantations alternate with idyllic creeks, waterfalls and forests. Moreover, the Amaya hotel group acts out of firm beliefs when it comes to its green initiatives. All while being in accordance with nature and local culture. The sustainable approach does not only become visible in the strict prevention of waste, an environmental friendly energy- and water usage, but mostly in Amaya’s great social responsibility. In that matter, the hotel’s own foundation supports the scholastic education of children living in families with low income and organizes frequent trainings and campaign days about environmental protection. Furthermore, every Hunas Falls by Amaya guest has the chance to experience these projects on-site as well as supporting one or even several projects from home. Recollecting a culture of simplicityThe Keemala Resort is located amidst the tropical forests of Phuket in Thailand. Guests are able to settle down and relax, while being in harmony with nature and the local culture of Thailand. The resort’s concept is based on old fictional tribes from Phuket and thus combines worldly wisdoms and traditions with a modern, sustainable lifestyle. In Keemala you experience a conscious recollection of a culture based on simplicity. A wide variety of gardens cultivate vegetables, fruit and herbs in a natural, organic way, in order to achieve a healthy concept of living. Gentle immersion into paradiseCarefree diving and snorkeling without feeling guilty? This is possible in the National Marine Park on the Seychelles, since the residents chose to consistently support the preservation of nature, ocean and the underwater world. A conviction that is passed on to guests as well. In that way, guests are not only able to experience the natural beauty, complete with mile-long sandy beaches and deep blue water, but also make a vital contribution to the preservation of this spectacular natural sight. The Cerf Island Resort, that is located directly at the entrance of the National Park, allows visitors to enjoy an authentic vacation. Adding to that, every villa of the resort has been built in a traditional way, while aligning with naturally found circumstances. Environmental protection and the preservation of nature are highly prioritized in every single attempt.Green wellness-luxuryThe Hotel Seeschlößchen is located directly by the Senftenberg lake at the „Lausitzer Seenplatte“ in Germany. This hotel is truly a luxurious Ayurvedic temple. Stretching across four floors, the therapy room has its own Yoga room and a bright resting area with a gallery. A responsible consumption and the promotion of a wholesome health concept set the foundation for all of the sustainable treatments and health classes. Moreover, the wellness offers are complemented by a lovingly designed wellness garden, a Russian Banja and a Turkish Hamam. Full wood-speed aheadClimate protection has a special meaning to the Leitlhof in South Tyrol. Their own wood-fired power plant produces eco power and thermic energy, supplying the whole hotel with it. Furthermore, the power plant is fueled with wood chips from their own forest. Hence, the hotel is energy-self sufficient and has thus been awarded second climate neutral hotel business in Eastern Tyrol. Also, the CO2 emissions were reduced by one third, despite the hotels expansion. Frequent tours of the wood-fired power plant are run by junior manager Stephan Mühlmann, where interested groups and school classes are able to learn all about the power system.The German Green Pearls GmbH with place of business in Darmstadt, Germany unifies international tourism companies that support environmental protection and demonstrate social commitment. Thereby, Green Pearls is the first holding company worldwide that consolidates sustainable hotels, destinations and restaurants in a global data source.Among the criteria of admission to Green Pearls® Unique Places, are a sustainability plan on management level, sustainable architecture, comprehensive water, energy saving and waste recovery measures, the use of seasonal and regional ingredients in the kitchen, as well as a large commitment for the social balance in each of the vacation regions.Source = Green Pearls
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MountainView Signs Off On 395M in Servicing Rights
Agents & Brokers Fannie Mae Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Processing Service Providers 2012-04-06 Ryan Schuette in Secondary Market, Servicing “”MountainView Servicing Group””:http://www.mvch.com/ recently signed off on the sale of two packages of mortgage servicing rights for loans backed by mortgage giant Fannie Mae.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]The first package totaled $251 million in servicing rights and largely included 30-year and 1-year fixed-rate mortgages. The second package, worth $144 million in rights, comprised reportedly prime-quality 30-year fixed-rate mortgages.””Over the last couple of quarters, MountainView has been able to assist several independent mortgage banks in monetizing their retained conventional servicing portfolios,”” Matt Maurer, managing director with MountainView, said in a statement. “”And although our clients are selling at a discount to industry consensus MSR fair-value levels, the resulting all-in loan execution is still materially above what the sellers would have received if they had sold to the aggregators.””Added Robert Wellerstein, another managing director: “”This national buyer is looking to partner with a handful of independent mortgage banks in purchasing packages of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac MSRs on a flow or forward bulk basis.”” MountainView Signs Off On $395M in Servicing Rights Share April 6, 2012 421 Views
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Ireland-based fruit and vegetable multinational Total Produce notched a 17.7% year-on-year rise in revenues in 2018, driven in part by the investment in Dole completed at the end of July.Revenues – including figures from the company’s 45% stake in Dole – increased to €5.043 billion from €4.286 billion, although pre-tax profit fell 3.7% to €69.8 million from €72.5 million.Excluding the results of Dole over the final five months of the year, Total Produce registered a 1.6% rise in revenue to €4.35 billion and a 5.7% increase in adjusted EBITDA to €110.4 million.The first full year including the Dole results will be 2019“We are pleased that Total Produce has delivered continuing good results in a more challenging year,” said Carl McCann, chairman of Total Produce. Dole trucks attacked in Honduras as protests build … He added that trading in early 2019 has been “satisfactory”.”Total Produce is targeting an increase in the 2019 adjusted fully diluted earnings per share, including Dole in the mid-to-upper single digit range over the 2018 adjusted earnings per share of 13.50 cent,” he said.He described the acquisition of the Dole shareholding – a €300 million deal announced in February 2018 – represents a “transformational change” for Total Produce that brings together two of the world’s leading fresh produce companies.Revenues in Total Produce’s euro-zone segment dropped by 1.2% to €1.717 billion with a 1% rise in adjusted EBITA to €27.3 million, while revenues at its non-euro zone segment fell by 2% to €1.512 billion with adjusted EBITA down 0.3% at €41.6 million.The international segment saw a 10.7% rise in revenue to €1.175 billion with adjusted EBITA increasing almost 28% to €18.9 million on the back of the contribution of acquisitions. Europe accounts for 73% of Total Produce’s revenue, while for Dole North America accounts for 65% of revenue. U.S.: Dole inks deal for executive office in uptow … You might also be interested in March 07 , 2019 Speculation mounts over Dole corporate office move …